Sorum


Story/ The Film Itself: Sorum is a Korean film originally released in 2002 to much Independent acclaim. The filming making visually is very strong and the characters are well defined, but as a whole, I found the film to be slow and tedious. The story focuses on taxi driver Yong-hyun who has moved into a new apartment, room 504. Turns out that a murder occurred in the room prior to his arrival and it has all the tenants spooked because a father killed his kid. Enter into the story the eccentric old book publisher who is on the verge of insanity and happens to writing a book about the freaky old apartment building and the ghosts that dwell in it. Also meet Sun-yeong, a battered wife who lives down the hall and works at the local 7-Eleven (I didn’t know that 7-Eleven was in Korea). Yong-hyun sort of stalks her into a relationship and she ends up killing her husband, we assume in self-defense. The two start spending a lot of time together, and although physically they can get no closer, mentally there seems to be no connection. Yong-hyun has no friends and Sun-yeong has an overly needy friend who lives down the hall, who she spends less and less time with as the film progresses. The movie focuses on a relationship that contains two characters you absolutely don’t care about. The scary part of the film, I believe is supposed to be the psychological profile of the two main characters, but there is little or nothing to it. The development of the characters leads to a pretty forgone conclusion that is neither scary nor intriguing, to be honest, I couldn’t wait for the film to end. It was two hours of little or nothing happening.
Special Features: The bonus features of the disc include the trailer, a photo gallery and a making of segment. (Tartan Video, 8322 Beverly Blvd, Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90048) (DVD) – Myk